To fight corruption, reverse the unjust transfer of Dr. Rohini Sindhuri, IAS.

To fight corruption, reverse the unjust transfer of Dr. Rohini Sindhuri, IAS.

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Bhamy Shenoy started this petition to Prime Minister MODI

An Open Letter to PM Modi: Please help improve governance by stopping the punishment transfer of honest official like Dr. Sindhuri. 

Dear Prime Minister Modiji,

     I want to bring to your attention the unjust and totally citizen unfriendly transfer of an honest and dedicated official Dr. Rohini Sindhuri in Karnataka. By all account her principled stand of ensuring transparency in awarding contracts was not liked by some bureaucrat and she was transferred. 

   This is not the first time she has been given “punishment” transfer. You had recognized her for outstanding performance in Mandya when she contributed to building 80000 toilets there. As she was looking forward to implement her plans to contribute to your flagship initiative, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, she was abruptly transferred in 2015.  

  In 2018, she was trying hard to fight corruption in Hassan against the mighty and also against sand mafia. One of them was the district-minister in Charge, A. Manju and the other was all powerful Deve Gowda’s son Revanna. They tried to transfer her. However she succeeded in fighting the transfer by going to the court. However all those responsible for her transfer were not held accountable. 

    I was one of those 50000 in Houston’s NRG stadium listening with rapt attention to your eloquent address. When you so beautifully stated that “every thing is fine in India” in several Indian languages, I was very happy. 

      However when I read the story of Dr. Sindhuri’s transfer the next day in the paper, I started to have doubts about the implications of your statement. As Justice Santosh Hegde stated in his recent talk, “ One of the commonest method by which the bureaucrat could be made subservient or even corrupt is by way of ‘transfer". Justice Hegde had made a recommendation that transfer should not be the prerogative of the politicians and the power of transfer should be vested with the bureaucracy. 

       Since your government is interested in good governance and world class administration, how can it be ensured if officials like Dr. Sindhuri are transferred at the drop of a hat by the elected leaders as is happening today. 

      Let me give the example of Ashok Khemka who has been transferred 52 times in 27 years. Again he was “punished” because he was trying to expose corruption at high levels. In his case also 2013 SC judgment ensuring assured tenure did not help him. I am sure that you are fully aware of these punishment transfers. My purpose in writing this letter is to request you to put this problem high on your agenda which already has many burning problems. 

      As an urgent measure, can you ask the Karnataka government to institute an enquiry commission to find out the reason for Dr. Sindhuri’s transfer to be completed in one week, and to reinstate her back into her old position. After the inquiry, please hold those who were responsible for her unjust transfer accountable. 

    You have taken several bold steps to improve governance. One of your bold steps was the use of aadhaar to implement direct benefit program to help the poor. And in oil sector alone, you have stopped the mother of all corruption by preventing the leakage of residential LPG and the generation of about Rs 25,000 crores of black generation every year. 

  As Justice Hegde argued one way to reduce corruption is to take power of transfer from politicians. Please implement the needed administrative reform to enforce SC transfer judgment and if needed adapt a new law to eliminate frequent transfers of the officials. 

Yours sincerely

Bhamy V. Shenoy 

Consumer activist from Mysuru.

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